Why are Indians reluctant to donate organs?

The Health Site | Poorva Chavan

Organ donation is India is not very popular. According to the 2014 World Health Organization (WHO) report, only about 0.01 percent people in India donate their organs after death and people are not willing to donate the organs of their deceased relatives. The lack of awareness about organ donation and no initiative to bust myths and superstitions associated with it is one of the many reasons the organ donation scene in India is dismal.

According to, Sandeep Kumar, the Vice President of ‘Donate Life’ an NGO that works in this field, laws in India very restrictive in nature and should not be as tough. He also believes that India should follow some provisions that are followed in western countries like the USA.

Current law in India allows organ donation only from a ‘near relative’. Near relative is defined as spouse, son, daughter, father, mother, brother or sister. Read: Organ Donation: Maharashtra Government does away with NOC

What should the government do to improve the organ donation scene in the country?

1. State level laws: Various NGOS have written to state governments to formulate their own norms and rules , but only a few of them have designed such policies, informed Kumar. Read: Organ Donation Day: Hundreds die in India for lack of organs

2. Relaxing current laws: Kumar suggests that donations should not be restricted to near relatives and should be extended to friends , brother-in-law, sister-in-law and other relatives. Kumar also said lakhs of people are in need of organ donations, but stringent laws is one of the many reasons people are reluctant to donate. Continue reading

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